node package manager


Install Dependencies

We have two kinds of dependencies in this project: tools and Angular framework code. The tools help us manage and test the application.

  • We get the tools we depend upon via npm, the [Node package manager][npm].
  • We get the Angular code via bower, a [client-side code package manager][bower].
  • In order to run the end-to-end tests, you will also need to have the [Java Development Kit (JDK)][jdk] installed on your machine. Check out the section on end-to-end testing for more info.

We have preconfigured npm to automatically run bower so we can simply do:

npm install

Behind the scenes this will also call bower install. After that, you should find out that you have two new folders in your project.

  • node_modules - contains the npm packages for the tools we need
  • app/bower_components - contains the Angular framework files

Note that the bower_components folder would normally be installed in the root folder but angular-seed changes this location through the .bowerrc file. Putting it in the app folder makes it easier to serve the files by a web server.

Run the Application

We have preconfigured the project with a simple development web server. The simplest way to start this server is:

npm start

Now browse to the app at [localhost:8000/index.html][local-app-url].